Compatibility update is available for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 through dynamic update: November 2013

Summary

A compatibility update is a software update that improves the compatibility experience in Windows 8.1 and in Windows Server 2012 R2. Microsoft regularly releases Windows compatibility updates to improve the overall user experience.

This compatibility update is available as a dynamic update dated November 2013.

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Update information

How to obtain this update

This compatibility update is offered when you upgrade to the release version of Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2.

The kinds of problems that are resolved by application compatibility updates

When you try to install and run certain games or applications in Windows 8.1 or in Windows Server 2012 R2, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • The game, the application, or the driver is installed incorrectly.

  • The game, the application, or the driver causes system instability.

  • The primary functions of the game, of the application, or of the firmware do not work correctly.

Applications or devices that experience a change in behavior after you install this update

The following table lists the applications and devices that were included in this cumulative update package. This table also describes the behavior of these applications and devices after you install the update.

Compatibility updates trigger several changes in Windows 8.1 and in Windows Server 2012 R2. The following are the three most common:

Hard block

Puts a hard block on the application. This prevents an application that is incompatible with Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 from running on the system.

Note Microsoft enables Windows to put a hard block on a non-Microsoft application only if the manufacturer is notified.

Soft block

Puts a soft block on the application. This notifies you when a primary function of the application may not work or may cause application instability.

Driver Block

May block an existing driver on your computer. When the driver is migrated during the upgrade, an Inbox driver will be installed.

Applications and devices that are included in this update

Applications or devices

Version

Behavior after you install the update

Any Video Converter Free

up to 4.5

Reduces the effect of an issue with the application.

ArcSoft Print Creations

up to 3

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

Ashampoo MyAutoplay Menu

Not available

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

Assassin's Creed III

Not available

Improves user experience by fixing a high-resolution issue.

AutoCAD LT

up to 2013

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

Autodesk TrueView

up to 2013

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

AVG TuneUp Utilities

2013

Removes a warning message for a compatible version of the application.

Awesomenauts

Not available

Improves user experience by fixing a high-resolution issue.

Baidu Photo Album

Not available

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

Checkpoint Firewall

Not available

Supports the application by allowing a previously blocked driver to work.

Connectify Lite

5

Warns the user about compatibility problems with the application.

CorelDraw Graphics Suite

X6

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

Counter-Strike

Not available

Improves user experience by fixing a high-resolution issue.

Diablo III

Not available

Improves user experience by fixing a high-resolution issue.

Expression Studio Ultimate

4

Reduces the effect of an issue with the application.

iTunes

up to 11

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

Kaspersky PURE

3

Blocks installation of the application since it affects system stability.

Magix Video deluxe

up to 2013

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

MediaMonkey

up to 4

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

Media Suite

up to 10

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

Mount & Blade: Warband

Not available

Improves user experience by fixing a high-resolution issue.

Office Picture Manager

up to 2010

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

Photobie

up to 7.2

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

Quallcomm Atheros WLAN and Bluetooth Client

Not available

Reduces the effect of an issue with the application.

Quicken Deluxe

2013

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

Ringtone Studio

up to 3

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

Send to Kindle

Not available

Reduces the effect of an issue with the application.

SOURCENEXT Virus Security ZERO

12.2.0197

Blocks installation of the application since it affects system stability.

StarCraft II

Not available

Improves user experience by fixing a high-resolution issue.

Syncables Desktop SE

up to 5

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

T-Mobile Rocket 4G

Not available

Reduces the effect of an issue with the device.

Tencent QQ Image

up to 3

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

Winamp

up to 5.65

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

Worms Armageddon

Not available

Improves user experience by fixing a high-resolution issue.

Worms: Revolution

Not available

Improves user experience by fixing a high-resolution issue.

ZoneAlarm

Not available

Supports the application by allowing a previously blocked driver to work.

The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, about the performance or reliability of these products.

The global version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.

The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2" section. MUM and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely important to maintain the state of the updated components. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.

For all supported x86-based versions of Windows 8.1

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Acres.dll

6.3.9600.16384

310,784

21-Aug-2013

13:16

x86

Sysmain.sdb

Not applicable

3,777,826

16-Oct-2013

15:43

Not applicable

Msimain.sdb

Not applicable

2,726,592

16-Oct-2013

15:43

Not applicable

Acgenral.dll

6.3.9600.16436

2,413,568

16-Oct-2013

20:04

x86

Acwinrt.dll

6.3.9600.16384

8,704

21-Aug-2013

11:47

x86

Acspecfc.dll

6.3.9600.16436

442,880

16-Oct-2013

20:10

x86

Drvmain.sdb

Not applicable

114,186

16-Oct-2013

15:43

Not applicable

Sysmain.sdb

Not applicable

3,777,826

16-Oct-2013

15:43

Not applicable

For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 8.1 and of Windows Server 2012 R2

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Sysmain.sdb

Not applicable

409,982

16-Oct-2013

15:41

Not applicable

Msimain.sdb

Not applicable

2,757,152

16-Oct-2013

15:41

Not applicable

Acgenral.dll

6.3.9600.16436

289,792

16-Oct-2013

20:43

x64

Acwinrt.dll

6.3.9600.16384

10,240

21-Aug-2013

18:54

x64

Acspecfc.dll

6.3.9600.16419

41,472

02-Oct-2013

19:28

x64

Drvmain.sdb

Not applicable

115,294

16-Oct-2013

15:41

Not applicable

Sysmain.sdb

Not applicable

409,982

16-Oct-2013

15:41

Not applicable

Acres.dll

6.3.9600.16384

310,784

21-Aug-2013

13:16

x86

Sysmain.sdb

Not applicable

3,777,826

16-Oct-2013

15:43

Not applicable

Acgenral.dll

6.3.9600.16436

2,413,568

16-Oct-2013

20:04

x86

Acwinrt.dll

6.3.9600.16384

8,704

21-Aug-2013

11:47

x86

Acspecfc.dll

6.3.9600.16436

442,880

16-Oct-2013

20:10

x86


For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

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